|Jane Fleishman 29april2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Jane Fleishman gave a compelling interview about her life beginning with her childhood in Long Beach, New York. Jane grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, surrounded by her immediate and extended family and living near the beach. She recalls having a wonderful childhood and being surrounded by Jewishness (which included going to Hebrew school) but not really knowing that this was not necessarily how the majority of Americans grew up...
Keywords: Marriage; Wife; Love; Family; Grandparents; New York; Beach; Water; Children; Education; Hebrew; School; Challah; Tradition; Socialist; Middle East; Peace; Woman; Jewish; Bimah; Ketubah; Lesbian; Gay Activism; Daughter; Son
|Vardit Lightstone 22June2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Vardit Lightstone discusses her experiences growing up in Toronto as part of a Modern Orthodox Jewish family and community. Focusing more specifically on spiritual and religious practices, Lightstone reflects on gender segregation in the Synagogue, as well as the beauty of ritual and prayer in her personal life. Through her involvement with the Yiddish Book Center Internship program, she shares what she has learned about the historical significance of Yiddish in Jewish life and what Yiddish mean...
Keywords: Yiddish; Modern Orthodox; Toronto; Gender; Gender Segregation; Prayer; Jewish Tradition; Jewish life; Chassid; Shabbat; Jewish Custom; Studying Aramaic; Studying Yiddish; Yiddish Newspaper; Socialst; Jewish Socialist; Jewish Upbringing; Jewish Education; Jewish Day School
|Haim Gunner 9july2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Haim is an eloquent, sharp man, who in his youth was involved with the socialist Zionist movement, leading him to an agricultural college in NYC, and finally to found a kibbutz in Sasa, Israel. He lived in Israel from 1947-1956, then returned to North America, where he eventually became a professor of Environmental Science at UMass Amherst. In this second interview for the Yiddish Book Center, Haim discusses arriving at and founding the kibbutz on Marxist and Freudian principles...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; Israel; Palestine; Kibbutz; Kibbutzim; Freud; Marx; Jewish Communities of Ottowa; Jewish Communities of Canada; Politics; Socialist Zionist Youth Movement; Sasa
|Micha Eisenstorg 20october2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Micha Eisenstorg, born and raised in Brussels, speaks about Jewish experiences in Belgium during World War II. He reflects on the experiences his own family had during the Nazi Occupation and the devastating aftermath, also sharing stories of Jewish resistance and the trial of a chief SS officer in Belgium. He later discusses his time in Israel, his involvement with Jewish organizations and movements, and the common memories he shares with his wife...
Keywords: Belgium; Brussels; World War II; Holocaust; German Invasion of Belgium; Nazis; Jewish Deportation; Zionist Youth Movement; Socialist Youth Movement; Israel; Kibbutz; Belgian Navy; Russian Jewry; Soviet Jewry; Nazi Occupation; SS Trial; Jewish Resistance; Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; Polish Jews
|Jacob Schlitt 12dec2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Jacob Schlitt grew up in New York City and speaks about being raised by his mother, who both gave him a Yiddish education and an understanding of the importance of being aware of social injustices. He fondly remembers his childhood, from learning the Four Questions (Fir Kashes) in Yiddish to winning a watch in Hebrew school after collecting the highest amount of donations for the JNF. Schlitt also discusses his life's work in labor and civil rights...
Keywords: bronx; new york city; public schools; arbetn shule; hebrew school; JNF; menorah; summer camps; socialist; socialism; civil rights; labor union; labor rights; radio; army; JLC; yiddish book center; national yiddish book center; wexler oral history project; jewish labor committee; advice; family history and stories; childhood; jewish identity; yiddish language; yiddish revival and activism; career and professional life; education; jewish holidays; united states; politics and political movements
|Moishe Dolman 10July2012 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Yoshi)|
Moishe Dolman was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 10, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Moishe Dolman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, July 10, 2012...
Keywords: Moishe Dolman; Canada; Montreal; Yidishe Folks Shule; Jewish People's School; 1960s; Montreal Jewish Public Library; Etgar Keret; Leftist Politics; Jacob Glatstein; Jewish Socialist Group; Translator; Translation; Immigration; Migration; Eastern Europe; Canada; Jewish community; Education; Jewish education; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Jewish Identity; Books; Newspapers; Yom Kippor; Yom Kippur; shabbat; shabbes; sabbath; Politics and political movements; Childhood; Theater; Klezmer; Israel; Music; Advice; Family history; stories about ancestors; Yiddish revival and activism; Career and Professional Life; Urban
|Israel Bartal 19Dec2011 Yiddish Book Center - yiddish Book Center (Yoshi)|
Professor Israel Bartal's interview begins with a detailed description of his lineage, including the story of his family's arrival in Palestine from small, Galician shtetls in southeastern Poland (now western Ukraine). Bartal dives deeply into his childhood, providing an elaborately detailed description of his life growing up in a Yiddish-speaking neighborhood in Tel Aviv from the 1930s to the 1950s...
Keywords: Advice; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Yiddish language; Yiddish teaching; Yiddish learning; Career and Professional Life; Scholarship; Academia; Education; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Israel; Zionism; Eastern Europe; Jewish community; Shtetl; Hebrew; Yiddish scene; Israel Bartal; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; Tel Aviv; Kibbutz; Socialism; Socialist; Army; Jerusalem; Hebrew University; Six Day War; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Ramsay Leimenstoll; Western Europe; United States; Food and culinary traditions; France; freedom; religion; challah; Paris; Jewish Identity; Education; Spanish; Yiddish learning; Other languages; Education; Jewish studies; Favorite Yiddish word; Yiddish words; Paris; Geneva; chamsa
|Harvey Horn 15July2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Harvey Horn was interviewed on July 15, 2011 by Hillary Ossip at the Yiddish Book Center. Harvey Horn’s interview begins with a brief overview of his family’s history with details about his maternal grandparent’s immigration from Russia and his paternal family’s move from Poland. Harvey recalls a trip to his paternal grandparent’s home town in Poland; a trip that took them to an abandoned area with only a blue and white door standing in memory of the six thousand Jews that were killed...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Borough Park; Brooklyn; Orthodox; Bragin- shtetl; Pearl Harbor; Army Cadet; fifteenth air force; Goldfish- Silver Boot; 1942; B-17; Prisoner of War (POW); Berga- Concentration camp; Italy; Germany; Harry Truman; PTSD; Shabbat; Passover; socialist; Coney Island; Dalhart; Texas; Family history and stories re. ancestors; World War Two; Childhood; Career and Professional Life; Western Europe; United States; Jewish community (descriptions of place and social dynamics in a particular time); Urban; Shtetl; Travel; Jewish holidays; Jewish Identity; Immigration; Migration; and place; Holocaust; Politics and political movements; Transmission (intergenerational; cultural; social... parenting); Roots/heritage; Assimilation; Harvey Horn
|Jordana de Bloeme 17December2013 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Emily F.)|
Jordana de Bloeme was interviewed by Jessica Parker on December 17, 2013, at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story
Keywords: Advice; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Yiddish language; Yiddish learning; Yiddish revival and activism; Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish; Yiddish scene; Yiddish speaker; Immigration; Migration; Other languages; Hebrew; Klezmer; Music; Literature; Scholarship; Academia; Education; Jewish education; Secular; Secularism; Non-religious; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; shabbat; shabbes; sabbath; Israel; Zionism; Eastern Europe; United States; Canada; Politics and political movements; Youth group; Summer camp; Roots/heritage; Transmission; Jewish community; Urban; Travel; Krakow; Poland; New York City; New York; Warsaw; Poland; Vlinius; Lithuania; Vilne; Vilna; Toronto; Canada; Hamilton; Ottawa; Nepean; Ontario; Jerusalem; Israel; Tel Aviv; Minsk; Scotland; Kalman Weiser; Brukhe Lang; York University; University of Toronto; Camp Shalom; USY; United Synagogue Youth; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s; 1920s; 1930s; Bund; Yiddishism; secular; socialism; socialist; Haredi; Hasidic; archive; archival research